House of Lords stress dentists’ role in the fight against oral cancer.
A recent debate at the House of Lords was focused largely on discussing ways to reduce the overwhelming burden that alcohol abuse is having on our health service.
During the debate Lord Colwyn was able to express some key points in a well received speech. Lord Colwyn, the Vice Chair of the Parliamentary Group on Dentistry and Oral Health was passionate about getting across just how detrimental the effects of alcohol are on the mouth and the development of oral cancer.
Statistics show that 70% of people who are diagnosed with oral cancer drink excessive amounts of alcohol. However the risks are even greater for those individuals who chose to live a lifestyle including both alcohol and smoking. For this group of people there was a 38 times increased chance of contracted mouth cancer compared to individuals who neither smoked nor drank alcohol.
A key point of the conversation was that dentists ‘were on the front line’ in the fight against mouth cancer. They appear in a very unique place on the timeline of mouth cancer progression in that dentists are able to see healthy patients on a regular basis. By keeping vigilant they can spot the signs of mouth cancer at its earliest stages. Here at Bamboo Dental we see the importance of this. Not only is the importance of early diagnosis important but providing patients with information to help limit the risks of such diseases is too very important.
What Steps Can You Take to Lower the Risks of Mouth Cancer?
More than 90% of mouth cancers in men and 85% in women are linked to lifestyle and environmental factors. After this fact you’ll most likely understand that much of the risk is truly in your hands. Below we’ll outline some key lifestyle changes you have the ability to make in order to limit the risks of developing mouth cancer. All of these tips will also benefit your health in general!
Quit smoking tobacco
Mouth cancers are closely linked to tobacco use. This is not limited to cigarettes but also included other ways that you may consume tobacco such as; cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and more. Tobacco use is not a prerequisite of mouth cancer. It is however a big factor and can have ongoing effects that burden your chances of recovery:
- Tobacco use makes treatment much less effective.
- Tobacco use makes it harder for your body to heal after surgery.
- Tobacco use increases your risk of a cancer recurrence.
Limit alcohol consumption
Alcohol, particularly when combined with tobacco use, greatly increases the risk of mouth cancer. Not only this but alcohol alone can increase the risks of other types of cancer in the body. As with tobacco use, ongoing use of alcohol after being diagnosed with cancer is going to hinder the recovery process. We advise you to limit alcohol consumption as much as possible if not stop consuming it altogether.
Eat a diet full of fruits and veg
The diet can be one of the most important factors in your health and in your risk of developing cancer. Fruit and vegetables are packed with essential vitamins and anti-oxidants that may be able to reduce the risk of you developing mouth cancer.
Avoid exposing your lips to the sun
Many people neglect the lips when putting on suncream. It has been shown that the level of sun exposure hitting your mouth can be linked to the chance of developing mouth cancer. A few ways to combat this may be to stay in the shade, wear a broad-brimmed hat or to make sure you use sun cream on your lips as well as your face.
Make sure to visit your dentist often!
When you visit your dentist for a dental examination you can ask them to inspect your entire mouth for any signs of mouth cancer. Their knowledge and expertise will put them in a great position to spot any abnormalities at as an early a stage of possible. Of course, this all relies on you visiting your dentist as often as possible.
Dermal filler and anti-wrinkle injections disasters have hit the news again recently. An article by The Times discussed the consequences of budget botox parties on the NHS. According to many leading plastic surgeons, there is a growing bill resulting from botched up cosmetic procedures performed by poorly trained and ‘unqualified practitioners‘ on the high street and at so called ‘Prosecco parties‘.
Are You Facing the Risk of a Dermal Filler Disaster?
Many young women are seeking cheaper alternatives to emulate the images of the likes of Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner. Far too often this ends up with a visit to the emergency clinic and a desperate plea for help. It is possible to get treatments such as dermal fillers and botox injections for budget prices but that is because the practitioner treating you will have little to no training.
Our Practice Principle, Dr Dan Rogers shared his opinion on the matter,
‘The developing cultural trend for the use of dermal fillers is moving fast. Unfortunately its total lack of regulation is putting patients lives at risk. It is impossible to get a sound understanding of the medical techniques and knowledge base to safely administer dermal fillers or ‘anti-wrinkle injections’ simply by attending a weekend course.’
He continued with an overall piece of advice,
‘My advice to anyone wanting dermal fillers would be to not shop around looking for a cheap deal but to seek a reputable medical professional with formal medical training.‘
What are the Risks of Going Cheap?
So where can this lead to issues? Some people in the past have lost their sight due to fillers incorrectly being injected at the site of vital nerves by the eye. Others have found that their skin has turned a strange shade of blue as well as developing into a swollen and disfigured appearance. These are just a few of the risks you may be facing by going down the low-cost route.
How regulated is the industry for fillers?
To get an idea of how regulated the industry really is, in the United States, there are only six types of dermal filler which are approved for use by professionals. To add to the protective measures, these all are available on prescription only. Now take a step over to Great Britain. Here you’ll find that there are over 100 different types of dermal fillers approved and readily available. Not only this but they can all be injected without a prescription by anyone, in any location and with no training.
As a result of this it is probably not surprising to hear that there is so much danger in the industry. The general public expect that somebody offering these types of treatments would have been required by law to have the relevant training. That’s a key reason why so many people go through with treatment and end up with disastrous results.
The Role of Social Media
A second article was recently released by the BBC in which a study by Nuffield Council revealed that there are apps and games based around cosmetic surgery that are aimed at children as young as 9 years old. It is concerning to us that children so young are being targeted in an industry that is unregulated and as a clinic with full trained professionals, we feel the need to speak out.
As a respected clinic in Cardiff, we feel a duty to help our readers understand the risks involved with sourcing cheap treatments like this. We advise that before opting for any treatment you seek out all the information you can about your prospective practitioner. If they are not credible then we advise you to find a practitioner that is trained to give you the safest care and treatment possible.
The demand for dental implant treatments is one of the fastest growing in the industry. However, the predicted growth is perhaps even higher than expected by many in the dentistry market. A new report (Persistence Market Research) has come to the attention of Bamboo which states that there is due to be a compound annual growth rate of 9.7% over the next 5 years.
What do we Think is Causing the Increased Demand for Dental Implants?
Here at Bamboo Dental we believe there are a few different reasons that could be behind the rapid growth in the dental implants sector:
- Technological Advancement: New technology has meant that there are now so many more possibilities. For example, the uprising of 3D imaging has lead to new methods in which patients can view their new teeth before they have even been fabricated. Not only this but Computer Aided Design and the introduction of mini dental implants are giving the industry much more accessibility.
- Mobility of the Market: Known as ‘Dental Implant tourism’, patients are more commonly travelling to various parts of the world to have their implants fitted.
- Increased Overall Demand: It has been noted that the ageing population is demanding more cosmetic treatment from the industry as a whole. This will generally push up the demand for dental implant treatment too.
Will the Implants Materials Change?
It is expected that implants will still mostly be made from titanium. However that doesn’t mean that some other material may not be introduced a little further into the future as technology advances further.
It has been predicted that Europe is to be the market leader for dental implants in the world. The report claims that this is a culmination of increased dental health concerns, advancements in technology and a rise in the amount of cosmetic dental practices offering the treatment overall.
That being the case, Europe is actually not expected to see the fastest growth in the market. In fact, Asia is the continent that is due to see the most rapid growth in dental implants demand worldwide.
‘This level of growth is perhaps unsurprising for a treatment modality that is widely acknowledged as being the best replacement for a missing tooth dentistry can currently provide,’ said Guy Hiscott, managing editor of clinical implant journal Implant Dentistry Today.
‘It also speaks volumes about a growing awareness of what implant dentistry can achieve on the part of patients across the globe.
‘And that’s good news for everyone concerned: used appropriately, dental implant treatment has the ability to transform patients’ lives.
‘But it’s important for the dental profession to ensure that the pace of this growth is matched by a similar uptake in clinical education and patient understanding.’
What to Expect in the Future
The rapid growth can only mean that the treatment itself will become more and more advanced as market leaders work to specialise and accommodate for new patients aiming to embark on their third set of teeth. With this news, Bamboo can only look towards meeting this increased demand in the near future.
White braces for teeth – which are the best?
Can you get white braces for teeth?
More of us than ever before are visiting the dentist. More of us are taking pride in our appearance and wanting straighter and whiter teeth. There seems to be a greater desire for cosmetic dentistry which is fantastic for both dentists and patients. We’re taking better care of our teeth than ever before, which can only be a good thing for everyone.
Just why are so many more of us going to the dentist then? One of the biggest reasons is no doubt down to the enhancement and development of cosmetic dentistry. Gone are the days of metal train track braces and scary visions of teeth being pulled out with sharp objects. Having straight white teeth is now highly sought after, and with technology in dentistry constantly advancing, people can have nicer teeth much faster.
Many of us still have teeth we are insecure about. Many of us simply think we can not afford to have a nicer smile. Bamboo Dental thinks it has the answer as to why people are still avoiding cosmetic dentistry. Here at Bamboo Dental, we feel a lot of people are just unaware of all the choices they have for a nicer smile. For example, did you know we offer no deposit 0% finance plans over both 12 and 24 months? For the same price of a monthly phone contract, more people than ever can have the smile they always dreamed of. Most people think of paying a car on finance, but not their teeth!
White braces for teeth for adults in Cardiff
Price isn’t always a factor. Many people fear the dentist for other reasons. Perhaps it’s the fear of the practice itself. Did you know that Bamboo is a five time award winning practice? We care about our patients and want to give them smiles that will change their lives. None of our staff are scary dentists and none use instruments to cause you unnecessary pain! Our staff are kind, welcoming and supporting, and our practice is state of the art. You can be reassured by the fact that we are a leading dental force in the UK.
The other fear many have is the treatment process. To put it simply, some people just don’t want braces. We’ve all seen the clunky metal braces and can promise you there’s none of them at Bamboo Dental! If you’re interested in braces or teeth straightening, we have a number of super options. The purpose of this blog is just to highlight a few of the incredible straightening systems available to you at the practice.
What types of white braces for teeth are there?
Firstly, we have the Six Month Smiles treatment. Dr. Dan is a leading figure on this incredible and revolutionary straightening procedure. Dr. Dan can guarantee you straight and white teeth in just around six months. The best thing about this treatment, apart from the speed of it, is just how discreet it is. The brackets and wires are white. Yes, white. You can’t get more discreet than that! Six Month Smiles is a system made of brackets and wires, designed specifically for you to get straighter teeth fast. The process is fast as you meet regularly with Dr. Dan who will make adjustments as and when is needed. To read more about Six Month Smiles click here.
Another option is Invisalign. Invisalign is perfect for those wanting a little more flexibility with their straightening system. Invisalign system involves two tray like aligners which are custom made to fit your teeth. They have the sole of purpose of straightening your teeth at your convenience. Whilst it’s recommended to wear them as much as possible, you’re allowed to take them out whilst eating or brushing teeth. This is great for people who are uncomfortable with the idea of a fixed straightening system. Invisalign system is fantastic as the aligners are clear and almost invisible to the naked eye. This means you can straighten your teeth without worrying about social events. Invisalign is particularly popular with students for this reason. Another great feature of Invisalign is the technology which comes with it. You can follow your progress on the app on your tablet or phone. Dr. Dan or another member of the team will be there by your side as you go through the journey to your dream smile.
Free consultation for white braces for teeth
So you’re interested huh? Great news! The next step is to book yourself in for a free consultation with Dr. Dan. Even if you have an idea of which straightening system you would prefer, the free consultation is the perfect chance for both you your practitioner to discuss which will work the best for you. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to discuss any concerns, worries, fears or doubts, and ask any remaining questions. One of our dentists will take a look at your teeth to help determine whether Invisalign, Six Month Smiles, or any of our other treatments would be best suited for you. However, the end decision is down to you and whatever you feel comfortable with. Should you reach a decision by the end of the consultation, we’ll book you in for an appointment as you begin your exciting journey with us at Bamboo Dental. Straightening your teeth is one of the best decisions you will make. We’d love to help you with that.
Options for Straight Teeth in Cardiff
Obtaining straight teeth nowadays is something that can be achieved in a relatively short period of time due to the constantly improving and changing orthodontic treatments, however, this means that there is an abundance of different options for straight teeth.
Bamboo Dental offers four different types of orthodontic treatment, each with their own benefits that can be explained to you by Dr. Dan or one of the other dentists at Bamboo Dental if you come in for a free consultation. Here they are:
Six Month Smiles
The first option for straight teeth at Bamboo Dental is the Six Month Smiles orthodontic treatment, this treatment straightens teeth in such a short period of time (average time of six months) because the appliance changes the cosmetic appearance of the teeth only, rather than the change of the bite that can take conventional braces up to 2 years to complete. The Six Month Smile appliance is hard to notice as the wires and brackets match the colour of your teeth, meaning that during your treatment you will have no problems showing off your smile, unlike other types of braces, such as conventional metal braces, that make patients feel self-conscious.
The Invisalign treatment is another near-invisible and fast treatment. It uses clear, removable aligners that are replaced every two weeks that make small increments to your teeth as the aligners are replaced until you achieve your desired smile. The benefits of this treatment are the short treatment time (usually 12 months, depending on the level of adjustment required), the convenience of use, such as the ability to remove the aligners whilst eating and during special events and finally the fact that they’re nearly invisible, meaning you won’t feel self-conscious wearing them.
The Inman Aligner is a relatively new orthodontic treatment in the UK and is the perfect solution for protrusion or crowding of the front teeth. Compared to other systems, the Inman Aligner is a very fast system – most cases are completed in 6-16 weeks, depending on the amount of adjustments of the teeth required. Like the Invisalign system, the Inman Aligner is fully removable, allowing you to remove the appliance during special occasions and during meal times, allowing your oral health to be sustained. Click here to learn more about how the Inman Aligner works and some before and after pictures of patients who have used the Inman Aligner.
The Smilelign aligner is a removable, clear appliance that is hardly noticeable – people won’t even know you’re having your teeth straightened. The Smilelign aligners are similar to Invisalign in that new aligners are sent every two to four weeks to the patient, making small adjustments to the teeth every time a new set of aligner is sent. The aligners are made to be as thin and comfortable as possible as they are hand made, and any minor speech issues or discomfort you may have will last just a few days. The F.A.Q section on the official Smilelign website answers any questions you may have about the treatment.
Tom, a 25 year old teacher from Cardiff came to Bamboo Dental for a free consultation after hearing about the options for straight teeth offered by Bamboo Dental. As a teenager, Tom had fairly crooked teeth and was given metal braces under the NHS. Due to how crooked his teeth were, Tom had metal braces for just under two years, he hated that for the entire time he was self-conscious about his smile due to how visible the metal braces were. When Tom had his braces removed, he was pleased with the results and was given clear, removable Essix retainers. For years, Tom Wore the Essix retainers to make the results permanent, however, as he got older and went to university he forgot to wear the retainer as much, which caused his teeth to shift back to their original position. By the time Tom had finished university, his teeth had shifted so much that his Essix retainers did not fit anymore. After a few years, Tom’s teeth had shifted back so much that he decided that he wanted orthodontic treatment again to straighten his teeth. He asked his colleagues at his school where he taught and was referred to Bamboo Dental. Tom did some research and found the various options for straight teeth. He decided to give Bamboo Dental a call, who advised him to come in for a free consultation so Dr. Dan or one of the other dentists could talk more about his preferences and goals so they could recommend a suitable treatment for him. Tom wanted something that would take under 12 month from start to finish and something that is discrete so people wouldn’t notice; he was recommended the Invisalign treatment as it fitted Tom’s preferences. Tom decided to go ahead with the Invisalign treatment after weighing up his options and booked in for treatment. After 12 comfortable months of wearing the clear Invisalign aligners, Tom’s teeth looked as good as ever, and he was given a new set of Essix retainers to ensure his results were permanent. Tom was ecstatic with the results and said “The Invisalign treatment has helped me so much by straightening my teeth in such a short period of time, the fact that the aligners were near invisible meant that nobody noticed I was wearing them which was huge for the profession I’m in,” he also joked that he would never again forget to wear his retainers again.
Due to the number of options for straight teeth, it is important that you sit down with a professional. Dr. Dan, the head dentist at Bamboo Dental offers a free consultation to all new enquiring patients, who can advise you on which of the options for straight teeth is suitable for you based on your current positioning of your teeth and what your goals are in achieving a new smile.
The Multiple Award Winning Dentist in Cardiff
Dr. Dan, the head dentist in Cardiff’s Bamboo dental practice and his esteemed dentists at Bamboo Dental conduct private dental treatments 7 days a week, so whether you need an emergency dentist on the weekends or if you want your teeth whitened with one of our many teeth whitening technologies, Bamboo Dental of Cardiff has got you covered. Located on 28 Cowbridge Road West, Bamboo Dental offers competitively priced dental procedures right in the heart of the Welsh capital, with Dr. Dan, the 5 times award winning dentist, who has provided treatments to over 2500 patients, leading the practice in giving clients the best result using the latest technologies. To learn more about the range of treatments we offer our clients have a look below.
Procedures offered at Bamboo Dental
Some of the dental procedures offered by Dr. Dan, the head dentist in Cardiff’s Bamboo Dental are as follows:
Teeth Straightening- Dr. Dan and his team offer multiple types of teeth straightening services, such as Invisalign, Six month smiles, Inman aligner or Clear aligners. Each teeth straightening procedure has its benefits to the patient, such as a quicker treatment time, less obtrusive braces etc. If you come in for a free consultation, we can advise you on what kind of teeth straightening procedure will be most suitable for you, given your preferences.
Teeth Whitening- We offer two types of teeth whitening at Bamboo Dental, which we can advise you during a free consultation of the benefits of each. The first teeth whitening service is the take home teeth whitening procedure, which offers a convenient and affordable solution to teeth whitening, giving you a whiter smile from the comfort of your own home. The other type of teeth whitening is the Philip Zoom In-Chair Teeth Whitening, consisting of 4, 15- minute sessions at Bamboo Dental’s practice in Cardiff. This treatment offers a rapid change in the appearance of your teeth, click the link to find out more about how it works.
Cosmetic Veneers- At Bamboo Dental, we offer two different types of cosmetic veneers, Lumineers and E-Max Veneers. Both have their benefits, click here to find out more about the cosmetic veneers and how they may benefit your life.
Dental Implants- Our Dental Implant services here at Bamboo Dental come in the form of a Titanium cylindrical or tapered bolt, this ensures the longevity of the implant, allowing for a strong foundation for your replacement teeth. Before getting your new implant installed, an initial consultation will take place with your dentist to determine whether you will be a suitable candidate for dental implants, if successful, we will book you in for an appointment.
Anti-Snoring solutions- The Sleepwell anti snoring solution is a cost effective long term snoring procedure that helps to eliminate snoring. The Sleepwell system uses two mouth pieces that moves your bottom jaw forward as you sleep, similar to a ‘chin lift’ in first aid, which allows the tongue to move forward, thus opening up the airways to reduce snoring
Teeth Grinding and Clenching- Bamboo Dental can help to eliminate the effects of Bruxism with the SCI (sleep clench inhibitor). The SCI is a small splint that fits over the front teeth when sleeping, which inhibits clenching of your teeth.
Crowns- A dental crown may be needed when your tooth becomes substantially decayed or damaged through acidic erosion or even partly broken due to an accident. In any of these circumstances, a dental crown may need to be fitted. At Bamboo Dental, we can offer you a range of dental crowns depending on your preferences, whether you’re looking to get a crown for functional purposes, such as a gold or metal crown, or rather a crown for its aesthetics such as porcelain, at Bamboo Dental we have many options for you depending on your preferences.
Why Dental phobia can be a thing of the past
Dental phobia is an intense, unreasonable fear of visiting the dentist, and can be developed from a variety of places, such as; Pain, feelings of helplessness and loss of control, embarrassment or negative past experiences. The difference between general anxiety and a phobia isn’t clear, but some things to notice if you are suspect that you or someone you may have a dental phobia are; trouble sleeping before the night before going to a dentist, feeling like crying before going to the dentist, you get increasingly nervous while you’re in the waiting room. These are just a few possible symptoms of dental phobia. It is important when you visit your dentist in Cardiff that you tell your dentist about your concerns, fears and feelings you have about the treatment, the staff at Bamboo Dental are well trained to change the way they treat you and can reassure you of any issues you may have throughout the entirety of the treatment.
Tracey’s story about dental phobia
Tracy, a mother of two from Cardiff, visited bamboo dental for a free consultation to learn more about the range of veneers offered by Bamboo Dental.
When Tracey was a teenager, she was fitted with metal braces as she had severely misaligned teeth. Tracey had used a dentist in Cardiff under the NHS as she was entitled to free treatment. However, this proved to be the very cause of her dental phobia – when she was getting her braces installed, she remembers being under excruciatingly bad pain due to the stress her teeth were under. She associated this pain later on over the years with visiting the dentist and as a result her oral health diminished.
Tracey was looking to get Veneers installed to make the appearance of her smile more aesthetically pleasing, however she was terrified by the thought of getting veneers installed. After a free consultation at Bamboo Dental, her anxiety was diminished as she was reassured by our dentists about the support she would receive throughout the treatment.
After the treatment, Tracey said, “After years of avoiding the dentists due to my fear, I’m glad to say that Bamboo Dental will be my new dentist in Cardiff, they supported me throughout the treatment and the results are fantastic.”
Come in today for a free consultation
If you are interested in any of these treatments and would like to come in to receive a free consultation, contact us here or give us a call on 02920006960.
Our private dentist in Cardiff is here to help you keep your teeth looking their best. Whether you are in need of a routine check up or are on the search for a cosmetic make over we know that we can be of value to you. But what makes Bamboo different to all of the other surrounding dentists?
Your Number One Private Dentist in Cardiff
Over the past 5 years, Bamboo Dental has become one of the most reputable dentists in Cardiff. We truly value our patients and we harvest a warm fuzzy feeling inside when we read about all of the positive experiences our patients have had with us. You can check out some of our reviews on Trustpilot, Google and Facebook.
Five Times Award Winning
We’ve proud to be able to say that we’ve been awarded in five different areas over the pat few years. These awards span from best overall practice to best team and our head dentist Dr Dan earned the title of ‘best young dentist’. We pride ourselves on the work that we do not only in the dental chair but also the patient care that is offered throughout our practice. We believe that this is the key as to why our patients feel comfortable and relaxed when visiting our private dentist in Cardiff.
Our practice is built around the experience of our dentists. They work day in day out to perfect their craft. Dr Dan has catapulted to the number one provider of Six Month Smiles treatment in Wales. This has been achieved through his hard work and dedication to the high quality of treatment he has provided to his patients. We have dentists who are experienced in all types of treatments ranging from dental implants, teeth straightening and cosmetic veneers all the way to general dentistry such as crowns and fillings.
Joining Bamboo Dental Care
After much demand, we decided to open up our books with an affordable private care service. This service, coined the Bamboo Total care Plan, offers an extensive range of treatments that will cover you whatever the needs of your teeth.
- All dental health examinations are included.
- Hygiene appointments and scale and polish services.
- Any x-rays necessary.
- Any fillings treatments.
- All extractions.
- Crown and bridge work.
- Treatment for root canal issues.
We also offer some added extras:
- 10% off any treatment not included in the plan.
- 10% discount on cosmetic and general aesthetics treatments.
- Extensive expert advise on diet and oral hygiene.
- A special membership card with a 24 hour emergency dental helpline for use at home or abroad.
- Worldwide supplementary dental injury and emergency insurance.
If you would like to find out more about the plans we have on offer you can do so right here on our Bamboo Care page.
What to Expect When Visiting our Private Dentist in Cardiff
Upon arrival at our location (28 Cowbridge Road West, Ely, Cardiff, CF5 5BS), you will be greeted by our brand new dental practice. You’ll also have the facility to use our on-site parking with specially reserved spaces just for you.
As you enter the practice you’ll be met by the happy energy of our friendly reception staff. They will make sure that you are all signed in and ready for your appointment with the dentist! After this it will depend what you are visiting us for. In most cases your next step will be to pop in for a consultation with one of Bamboo’s experienced dentists. This is your chance to make the most of their expertise and find out any information that has been on your mind.
After this you will be informed enough to decide on the path that you want to take with your potential treatment!
Yes, We Are Open 7 Days a Week
When patients realise that we are open 7 days a week they often have to ask again. After years of desperately shuffling around time off work to fit in their appointments they finally find a dentist that works around them. We believe that this is how it should be. That’s why we make our opening hours as accessible as humanly possible. This means, weekend and late evening appointments are available just for you.
So there’s no need to worry if you cant get time off work to visit your dentist for your 6 monthly check up. Just give Bamboo a call and we will fit in around you. This is how we believe it should be done and thats why we are happy to extend our opening hours just for you, our valued patients!
As well as making our opening times as accessible as possible we also aim to make our prices accessible to all too. Everyone deserves the chance to have that smile they’ve always wanted and too many dentists charge an amount that is not congruent with that. Our prices are not only very competitive but we also include finance packages to suit everyones needs. Some of these packages are completely interest free and allow you to pay off your treatment cost on a monthly basis for up to 24 months. This can allow you to have a smile makeover for a similar price that you would pay for your mobile phone contract each month.
How Can You Get in Touch?
If you are interested in any of the services that our private dentist in Cardiff has to offer then we have a variety of ways that you can get in touch. Our friendly reception team are always at the other end of the telephone ready to help you wherever possible. if you wish to contact them then you can do so by calling:
Alternatively we have a dedicated team ready to answer your questions through our special email form. You can find that here on the contact page.
Everyone wants to have a straight smile that they can flaunt in photographs. This huge demand has led to a variety of options surfacing in the cosmetic industry. For example, the Quick Straight Teeth orthodontic system. There are so many more ways you can achieve a perfect smile now that it can become overwhelming. Which is the best way? Which is the worst way? Too much choice can sometimes lead to information overload and this only makes us worry about making the wrong decision more and more. So here’s a concise guide to let you know what the options are and which may be most suitable for you.
What are the Alternatives to Quick Straight Teeth?
When looking in to teeth straightening methods you may have come across Quick Straight Teeth. Quick Straight Teeth offer two options for orthodontic treatment. Both fixed braces and clear aligners. We’ll go into more detail on those now.
Quick Straight Teeth Fixed Braces
Quick Straight Teeth use clear brackets and tooth coloured wires to keep your fixed braces as discreet as possible whilst still keeping performance as high as possible.
Each dentist that works with the Quick Straight Teeth method use only 3M brackets. This is because they have a very reliable track-record for working well. They are also nearly invisible once placed in the mouth which is a plus for those worrying about walking around with the typical ‘metal mouth’ brace.
Quick Straight Teeth is not useful for every case of teeth straightening however, in fact it is only used to correct mild alignment issues in the front 6 or 8 teeth.
Alternatives to Quick Straight Teeth Fixed Braces
The issue with Quick Straight Teeth is that it is only useful for those candidates who have mild alignment issues in the front few teeth. There are some other options, however, that your cosmetic dentist to have a little more flexibility in the types of cases he is able to treat.
Six Month Smiles | Speed and Discreetness in One Simple Brace
Six Month Smiles is one of the most popular fixed brace systems in the world. Dr Dan, the Head Dentist at Bamboo is the leading provider of this treatment in Wales completing large amounts of cases each year. This teeth straightening system is so highly regarded due to its great ability to correct a variety of tooth issues. From cross bites to overbites, Six Month Smiles has you covered.
As for the discreet appearance of the brace. It comes in a clear brace with tooth coloured wires much like the appearance of the Quick Straight Teeth Brand. It is advised not to eat foods that could stain the brace such as curry as this may discolour the aesthetic appearance and leave you feeling conscious about your stained brace wire!
Another great advantage to the Six Month Smiles system is the short treatment time needed. Where most fixed brace systems can take 1.5 to 2 years to get your perfect smile crafted, Six Month Smiles can do this in just 6 months. Although it may be slightly less or more depending on the starting position of your teeth.
To find out more about Six Month Smiles head over to our dedicated page.
Quick Straight Teeth Clear Aligners
Quick Straight Teeth also offer a second type of teeth straightening that uses a similar method to Invisalign. These are a series of clear aligners that are almost completely invisible and are entirely removable. This is useful for those who don’t mind waiting a little longer for their teeth straighten in exchange for a more discreet looking orthodontic system.
Alternatives to Quick Straight Teeth Clear Aligners
Quick Straight Teeth were not the first to come up with the concept of the clear aligner. In fact, the concept was first dreamed up by a man named Zia Chishti who later developed the concept into what is now known as Invisalign.
Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners to gradually move your teeth from their starting position to your desired smile. One of the biggest selling points of this product is the level of 3D technology used to create your ‘desired smile’. At your first appointment you’ll undergo a few x-rays so that a map of your teeth can be generated on the state of the art 3D software. Here you will be able to see the journey that your teeth are about to embark upon in order to reach the perfect smile at the end.
Invisalign aligners should be worn for at least 20 hours of the day. However, it is fine and recommended for your to take out these braces when you are eating food or drinking. This means that you can actually continue to eat all the foods and drinks that you want. Compared to fixed braces this certainly gives you a lot more freedom.
Something to keep in mind…
One of the questions that you need to ask yourself before opting for these types of removable braces is if you have the self-discipline to keep the brace in for the 20 hours or more each day. If you think that you lack the willpower to keep the brace in then this could hold back your treatment time as it’s going to take much longer for the brace to work than it should.
Need help deciding?
We understand that reading an article will only answer a small handful of a giant bucket load of questions you likely have before making the decision as to which teeth straightening route to go down.
If this is the case then we’d like to offer you the chance to meet with our Head Dentist completely free of charge at a free consultation to discuss in detail any thought you may have about which treatment you intend to take up. Our dentist will be able to advise you on the best possible way for you to straighten your particular case of teeth that will yield your perfect smile. To arrange this simply give us a call on 029 2056 9769 or complete our dedicated contact form.
Have you been wondering, what’s the best way to get white teeth? As a cosmetic dentist we bring out the whiteness in many sets of teeth. We do this every day and so we may just have all the right answers for you. Depending on the level of staining your teeth currently have a different approach to whitening your teeth may be necessary. Regardless, there are the ‘best ways’ and the ‘worst ways’ that can be used to help you get white teeth.
What is the Best Way to Get White Teeth?
Many people have tried to solve the problem of how to get whiter teeth yet some have been more successful than others. Don’t be fooled by the cheap alternatives that you may find in the dark edges of the internet. These will only disappoint you. Let’s go through some of the best and worst methods you can use to whiten your teeth.
Ways to Get White Teeth
I think it’s time we delve in to some of the ways in which you can embark on your journey to whiter teeth. Many people stumble through various methods on their journey and waste a lot of time before they find out what really works. We’ll help you avoid all of the turmoil and get straight to the golden nuggets of the teeth whitening world.
1. Professional laser teeth whitening
Professional laser teeth whitening is one of the quickest ways to get white teeth. In fact, you can expect the colour of your teeth to become up to 8 shades whiter after just 1 hour of treatment. Brilliant! The process is simple enough too. You first come in for a consultation with our head dentist. He will give you a check up to make sure that your teeth are dentally fit for the teeth whitening procedure. There will be instances where you need to have some work done such as a filling before it is safe to administer teeth whitening solution to your teeth.
After your consultation and the thumbs up that you’re dentally fit you’ll be ready to start your treatment. During the treatment you will sit in the dental chair and have a special solution painted onto your teeth whilst your cheeks are retracted. You’ll then have a special laser shone close to the teeth to activate the solution into a working state. You will go through this process in 4 x 15 minute sessions and the result is a beautiful bright white smile to be proud of!
On top of all of this you’ll also get some take home whitening trays given to you with a home maintenance kit. Your teeth will be white and white they shall stay!
2. Teeth whitening toothpaste
This is one of those things that could leave you very disappointed. You’ll often find the world promised with teeth whitening toothpastes. Incredible before and afters can glaze over the truth and when you try out the toothpaste for yourself you see very little improvement. In reality the concentration of whitening solution by law has to be very low which means that the toothpaste will only have a little effect on surface stains.
3. Whitening strips
Whitening strips are quite simply little strips containing whitening solution that you overlay on to your teeth. You’ll need to leave these for some time and then remove them. These strips work much better than teeth whitening toothpaste. However it can be difficult to get the strips to cover the entire tooth which often leaves gaps and different shades of white on your teeth. Also, along with teeth whitening toothpaste, the strips do not contain a very concentrated amount of whitening solution and so there is a limit to how white your teeth can get.
4. Take home whitening trays
These are the best of the best. If you want your teeth to be as white as they can be then this is really your best option. These trays are not only simple but reliable and can be reused in the future at the cost of just some extra whitening solution.
What’s the process?
You would pop in to the dental practice in Cardiff where you would have a set of trays made for your teeth. Then, from the comfort of your own home, use the supplied syringes to apply a small amount of whitening solution into each tooth section on the tray. You can then wear these trays for 1-2 hour periods over 2 weeks to whiten your teeth up to the point where you are happy. Simple!
How to KEEP your teeth white!
Once you’ve managed to get your teeth to a sparkling shade of white you’ll certainly want to keep them like that. Here are some pointers to get you on the track to maintaining your new white teeth.
There are certain foods that are important to dodge when aiming to keep your teeth as white as possible. Citrus fruits, soda, coffee, sweets, tea and red wine to name but a few. On the other hand, foods such as strawberries and cheese are both good for keeping your teeth white. For a more in depth look at these foods check out this article.
Habitually living a healthy lifestyle is essential in order to keep your teeth in good nick. Smoking is a no no and keeping a regular habit of brushing and flossing your teeth must be a daily task. In fact if you don’t floss then you miss cleaning approximately 35% of your tooth’s surfaces. It is also very important to make a habit of visiting your dentist for checkups at least every six months. This can help you to prevent detrimental issues arising in the future.
Teeth whitening kits are a staple in the home of anyone aiming to look after their appearance. They are simple to use. They are cost effective. And most importantly, they can be extremely good at whitening your teeth!
How Does a Teeth Whitening Kit Work?
Well, there are several types of teeth whitening kit that you can try out. Some work better than others. And each can have its own method of working.
Take Home Whitening Trays Give Amazing Results
Take home whitening kits are, in our opinion, the most effective way of whitening your teeth. The process is simple too. You first need to have a set of trays created. These trays are clear moulds of your teeth that sit snugly against both the upper and lower arch. In order to have these made you’ll pop in to our dentist in Cardiff where we will take a mould of your teeth. These are then carefully crafted to create a perfect tray for your teeth.
So you have the trays, what next?
When coming in to collect your trays you’ll also be given a series of whitening solution and syringes as well as some simple instructions on what to do next.
Once at home you’ll need to open one of the syringes by twisting the nozzle at the end. You will then squeeze just a drop of solution into each of the sections of the tray. At this point you are ready to begin your whitening. You slot the trays into your mouth, wipe away any excess solution that may have oozed out, and then you just need to wait. Whilst waiting you can go about your everyday business. Apart from eating, drinking or doing anything like smoking of course.
After 1.5 hours…
Once your trays have been in for around 1.5 hours you are ready to take them out. Now you can give them a rinse and a clean under the tap and place them back in the box until tomorrow. It is advised not to brush your teeth just yet but instead rinse out your mouth with water.
You can then repeat this process daily for up to 2 weeks. However, you’ll probably reach your targeted stage of whiteness before those 2 weeks are up in which case you can stop whitening them and save your remainder solution for when you want to top up.
What Results Can You Expect From this Teeth Whitening Kit?
The brightest of white smiles can be achieved using our take home teeth whitening kit. In fact, we can guarantee that you’ll reach what is known as ‘saturation point’. Saturation point is basically when your teeth have become the whitest they can possibly become. This will vary with different sets of teeth but we can assure that you’ll reach that point at least. Some people prefer not to reach such a level of whiteness and that is entirely fine too. It just means that you’ll need to decide at what point to stop the whitening process between treatment 1 and treatment 14.
What are the Alternatives to Teeth Whitening Kits?
There are a few alternatives you can go for. However, the thing to note is that most other options cannot penetrate deep into the tooth to remove stains fully. Instead they will only be useful for surface stains. This is great for those who have teeth that are only slightly discoloured on the surfaces. However, in other instances you may be disappointed with the obtained results. Some of those alternatives include, whitening strips and charcoal toothpaste. Although those methods are not so great, there is one other brilliant method to whiten teeth…
Laser Teeth Whitening
Not nearly as scary as it sounds. You get to do this one comfortably sat in the dental chair. With our Philips Zoom laser teeth whitening, your teeth will be treated for 4 x 15 minute sessions to bring your teeth up to 8 shades whiter. One of the great advantages of this technique is the speed in which your teeth can be whitened. After the treatment you’ll also be given a set of whitening trays and some solution so you can maintain your bright white smile in the future!
If you really want to achieve a sparkling white smile then your best bet is to go for an in house treatment as this will help you reach saturation point. On the other hand, those less efficient treatments such as charcoal toothpaste and whitening strips will really only touch the surface which may lead to you being disappointed.
If you are thinking about whitening your teeth then it is very important that you first make sure you are dentally fit. Even if all you need is a filling then this can still be dangerous for you to have a whitening procedure before having the filling. This is because the whitening solution will be able to get inside the tooth. You’ll first need to visit the cosmetic dentist for a consultation where he can check out your teeth to be sure that it is safe for you to proceed with the treatment.
How can you get in touch?
Are you keen to get your teeth on the road to whiteness? Then your first step is to get in touch with our five times award winning dentist Dr Dan about your teeth whitening kit. To do this simply give us a quick call on 029 2056 9769. Alternatively you can reach us through our dedicated contact form right here.